A gigantic white stallion appears mysteriously to a Traveller grandfather and his two grandsons in an Irish slum. Since, puzzlingly, the younger of the two boys is the only individual who can control the horse, ownership falls to him and his older brother by default. There being no place for the animal, they move him into the apartment of their alcoholic Traveller father. Police remove him and, in a shady deal, he ends up under control of a wealthy, underhanded horse breeder. The boys manage to retrieve him and escape on his back, but the stallion seems to have his own travelling agenda.Written by
This is a movie that takes you into a world of children's fantasy, the intense love that bonds a family, and masterful cinematography, scripting and performance. What else could any moviegoer ask for? It's the kind of film every filmmaker desires to be a part of. Although I found the film at my local Blockbuster video store tucked away on the Children's shelf, this is anything but a sappy family film that so often inhabit the world of the simplistic often dopey family category. The two boys in the film are terrific and Gabriel Byrne is excellent as the disconnected father and widower. And yes, beautiful scenery is often just that but here the magnificent landscape is as much a part of the story as the plot line. Treat yourself!
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